First of all, I want to say that if anyone has had a nip or a tuck to make themselves feel better then I am more than supportive of you. We all have our ways to make ourselves feel better with how we look and feel. For me, I try to eat a healthy diet, I dress in ways that make me feel good, and I wear light makeup.
What I do have a problem with is how the fixation our society has on youth is affecting what many women do to their bodies.
When my daughter was working in Hollywood as a child I observed the way aging women were treated in the film industry. It was as if they were being told "shame on you for not staying young, for allowing your face to age, and your body to change." There were very few roles for these women. Beautiful talented women were being tossed aside and to compensate they mutilated their faces with bad face lifts. They became unrecognizable. They lost who they were.
That fixation with youth has carried over into mainstream society and I hate how it affects the self esteem of women as they age. All women are beautiful and I do mean ALL women. Our faces tell our stories. Our smiles, our frowns, our wrinkles are all a part of who we are.
There are many of us in this blogging world who are older, more seasoned women. It is up to us to change the way aging women are treated. We must band together to let younger women know that aging in itself is not a disease. It is not something to be ashamed of. If we learn to embrace the changes in our bodies then we will serve as role models for the women who come after us.
That can only be a good thing.